Bryson Nimmer might as well have been taking his recruiting trip all over again.
The Hilton Head Christian Academy junior was walking along the golf course several weeks back with Josh Fickes, a Beaufort High standout who plans to play at the next level for Clemson University. With Nimmer being a fellow Tigers recruit himself, Fickes couldn't turn down the opportunity to give one more pitch for his future team.
"He expressed how excited he was for it," Nimmer said. "He definitely talked about it from his standpoint."
Truth be told, Nimmer already had a pretty good idea of his future intentions. And it didn't take long after that for the Eagles star to officially pull the trigger on a commitment to the Tigers.
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"I just decided that it was a really good school," he said. "It's good academically, it's a good atmosphere to be in and they have a good golf team. I just felt like it was the right place to be."
Nimmer, who chose Clemson over Wofford, South Carolina, Furman and Auburn, liked what he saw from Clemson's facilities and the number of golfers the program has put on the PGA Tour in recent years. He will play for coach Larry Penley, who has taken the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament in each of his first 30 years with the program.
"That was a big part," he said. "They've got five or six guys lately that have gone on Tour. They've really proven they can help you get to the next level after college."
Things have been going well of late for the Eagles star. He helped lead Hilton Head Christian to the SCISAA 3-A state championship last spring, where he was named to the all-state team, and also earned a spot on The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette's all-area team.
He followed that up by winning the Boys 15-19 Division title at the International Junior Golf Tour's Auntie Anne's Pretzels Junior in early May, the Jimmy Self Invitational a month later and the Boys 15-18 DIvision of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour's Charleston Junior Open at the end of the summer.
"I just wanted to have a consistent summer," he said. "The year before, I had kind of proven I could shoot the numbers, I just needed to prove that I could do it week-to-week and kind of separate myself in that aspect."
He hopes to help the Eagles maintain their stranglehold on SCISAA golf over the next two seasons before departing for the Upstate.
"We're excited," he said. "We're going to have a good team. Hoepfuly the next two years we can win it both."
Name: Bryson Nimmer
High school: Hilton Head Christian Academy
High school coach: Doug Langhals
College: Clemson University
Probable major: Business
About Clemson: Under the direction of longtime coach Larry Penley, the Tigers have qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each of the last 30 seasons.
Why Clemson?: "I just decided that it was a really good school. It's good academically, it's a good atmosphere to be in and they have a good golf team. I just felt like it was the right place to be."
Other schools considered: Wofford, South Carolina, Furman, Auburn
Other high school sports played: None
Accolades: 2013 SCISAA all-state team, 2013 Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette all-area team